Current Issues

At CUFI, we are focused on several key issues with the goal of defending Israel’s strength, security, and sovereignty.

Holy Jewish Site of Esther and Mordechai Set Ablaze in Iran – Reports

Monday, May 18, 2020

BERLIN – National Director of Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Jonathan Greenblatt announced Friday on Twitter that the tomb of Esther and Mordechai in Iran was torched. “Disturbing reports from Iran that the tomb of Esther & Mordechai, a holy Jewish site, was set afire overnight. We hope that the authorities bring the perpetrators of this antisemitic … Read More

EU Parliament Raises Alarm Over Hate Speech and Incitement in Palestinian Textbooks

Monday, May 18, 2020

The European Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday expressing concern that Palestinian educational materials contained hate speech and incitement to violence. The resolutions noted “the need to guarantee that no Union funds … are used to finance textbooks and educational material which incite religious radicalization, intolerance, ethnic violence, and martyrdom among children.” They also pointed … Read More

Man Who Spent His Life Hunting Down Stolen Nazi Art Dies From COVID-19

Monday, May 18, 2020

David Toren, 94, a retired patent lawyer who made it his life’s mission to recover stolen art looted from his family by the Nazis, died from complications surrounding the novel coronavirus.  In 2014, Toren sued Germany and the state of Bavaria, with a court in Washington DC Bavaria’s Justice Ministry, for the return of paintings … Read More

House Members Introduce Bill to Enhance US-Israel Efforts Against COVID-19

Friday, May 15, 2020

A bipartisan bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday that would authorize a new partnership program to enhance cooperation between the United States and Israel to develop innovative approaches for treating and potentially curing COVID-19. Reps. David Kustoff (R-Tenn.), Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), Lance Gooden (R-Texas) and Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) introduced the … Read More

U.S. Accuses Iran of Defying UN Nuclear Deal Resolution

Friday, May 15, 2020

The United States accused Tehran on Wednesday of defying the UN resolution endorsing the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with a satellite launch last month and also argued it is continuing to violate a UN arms embargo. The U.S. Mission to the United Nations made the allegations at an informal meeting of experts from the Security … Read More

US: Missouri Lawmakers Approve Anti-BDS Bill

Friday, May 15, 2020

Lawmakers in Missouri passed a bill on Thursday to ban the state from doing business with companies who boycott Israel, The Associated Press reports. Missouri’s “Anti-Discrimination Against Israel Act” will require companies to sign a contract vowing not to boycott Israel in order to business with Missouri. It wouldn’t apply to contracts worth less than $100,00 or … Read More

Israel Leads UN Innovation Conference on Global Response to Coronavirus

Friday, May 15, 2020

Israel is leading a U.N. innovation conference focused on developing technological tools to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The two-day conference, which began on Thursday, features world-renowned experts who are slated to discuss the connection between technological innovation and the fight against the coronavirus, in addition to the fulfillment of U.N. development goals. Participating countries include … Read More

Pandemic Slows, But Does Not Stop, Hamas’s Terrorism Industry

Friday, May 15, 2020

Hamas in the Gaza Strip has remained highly active in its efforts to plot and implement terror attacks in the West Bank. Its operatives have been working in the past few months to orchestrate attacks, and while there has been a reduction in the number of incidents during the height of the coronavirus outbreak, this … Read More

Soldier Seriously Injured in Terror Attack Near Hebron

Thursday, May 14, 2020

A car ramming attack took place near Negohot near Hebron, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed. The IDF initially reported the terrorist was shot and was in critical condition. One soldier has been seriously injured and is treated by military medics and Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedics, the MDA Spokesperson said. The 21-year-old soldier was evacuated … Read More